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Middlesbrough 1-0 Derby County

Derby County manager Steve McClaren

Former Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren's first return to the Riverside ended in defeat for his promotion-chasing Derby County side.

McClaren was warmly welcomed by Boro fans as recognition for a five-year spell which brought League Cup success and a Uefa Cup final appearance.

But a well-taken second-half goal from Nathaniel Chalobah, his first for the home side, proved decisive.

The defeat leaves Derby fourth, 11 points adrift of second-placed Burnley.

But they have the same points advantage over Nottingham Forest in seventh and, with six games remaining, a play-off spot looks relatively secure.

After a cagey start, Danny Graham had Boro's first real chance, but fired over from inside the box.

Lee Tomlin then squandered a great opportunity for the hosts, firing straight at Lee Grant, but McClaren's side finished the half strongly with Lee Martin blocked by Kenneth Omeruo and Dimi Konstantopoulos palming away George Thorne's follow-up.

As Derby continued to press after the break, Craig Bryson drilled a 20-yard effort straight at Konstantopoulos, Patrick Bamford headed a cross over and Andre Wisdom curled a shot just wide.

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Post-match: Derby coach McClaren

Boro went close as a Chalobah through-ball sent Albert Adomah racing into the box, but he poked wide under pressure from defender Jake Buxton.

The deadlock was finally broken on 69 minutes as Emmanuel Ledesma cut in from the right and threaded a ball in for on-loan Chelsea midfielder Chalobah to rifle a low shot inside the far post.

Derby had a chance to level five minutes from time as Conor Sammon floated a free-kick to the far post, but a stretching Buxton poked wide.

Steve McClaren, Derby manager:

"That wasn't us today. We were below-par and that's been very rare.

"We played at a low tempo and, although I thought we bossed that game in terms of possession, we lacked the urgency, penetration and ruthlessness we usually show and we got punished for it. And you could see it coming."

Aitor Karanka, Middlesbrough manager:

"We played very well against a good side who are trying to get into the play-offs. It shows everybody that when we play like a team we can beat any team in this league.

"We played well to beat Brighton last week and now to beat Derby too. We worked very hard and we took one chance.

"The last four or five games at home we have played well but now we are scoring goals and that means you can get positive results."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 8Varga
  • 3FriendBooked at 77mins
  • 7LeadbitterBooked at 35mins
  • 25Omeruo
  • 22Gibson
  • 14WilliamsSubstituted forButterfieldat 79'minutes
  • 24Chalobah
  • 9Graham
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forLedesmaat 59'minutes
  • 27AdomahSubstituted forMainat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Steele
  • 6Butterfield
  • 11Ledesma
  • 23Main
  • 29Kamara
  • 36Atkinson
  • 37Kitching

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 33Wisdom
  • 3Forsyth
  • 34ThorneBooked at 82minsSubstituted forNaylorat 86'minutes
  • 6Keogh
  • 25Buxton
  • 4Bryson
  • 8Hendrick
  • 9Martin
  • 35BamfordBooked at 58minsSubstituted forHughesat 78'minutes
  • 11RussellSubstituted forSammonat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Naylor
  • 14Eustace
  • 15O'Brien
  • 18Sammon
  • 19Hughes
  • 26Legzdins
  • 27Whitbread
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
15,234

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Derby County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Derby County 0.

Jake Buxton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Graham (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by George Friend.

Foul by Conor Sammon (Derby County).

Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces Albert Adomah.

Attempt missed. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

Attempt missed. Conor Sammon (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Will Hughes.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Lee Naylor replaces George Thorne.

Attempt missed. Jake Buxton (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Craig Bryson following a set piece situation.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

Booking

George Thorne (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jacob Butterfield replaces Luke Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Will Hughes replaces Patrick Bamford.

Booking

George Friend (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andre Wisdom (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

József Varga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

George Thorne (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Williams (Middlesbrough).

Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 1, Derby County 0. Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma.

Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

Attempt missed. Andre Wisdom (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces Johnny Russell.

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma replaces Lee Tomlin.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester40278576383889
2Burnley402214465343180
3QPR4020101049351470
4Derby402091169462369
5Wigan4019101154391567
6Reading4017121161461563
7Nottm Forest401416105750758
8Brighton401513124236658
9Ipswich401513125146558
10Bournemouth401610145556-158
11Blackburn401414125453156
12Watford3913141261481353
13Middlesbrough401216125043752
14Sheff Wed401212164949048
15Bolton401115145155-448
16Leeds40138195260-847
17Huddersfield401210185055-546
18Birmingham401110195260-843
19Doncaster401110193660-2443
20Blackpool401012183456-2242
21Charlton38911182748-2138
22Barnsley39812193865-2736
23Millwall40812203970-3136
24Yeovil40811213963-2435
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